Context with Brad Harris

By Brad Harris, Historian

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Join historian Brad Harris to explore how scholars have developed their insights on the rise of the modern world. There are countless great books on this subject, but most people simply don’t have time to read them. Brad Harris distills the wisdom from those works, and contextualizes the authors’ arguments. We all want to navigate toward greater prosperity, and we can argue over politics and values all day in the effort, but unless we understand our historical context our discourse will be bloated with bad assumptions and progress will stall. We owe it to our future to be better historians. Context helps us toward that end.

Episode Date
Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies was published by Jared Diamond in 1997. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998, along with several other awards. The fundamental question that Diamond seeks to answer through this book is, why did history unfold so differently on different continents such that Eurasian societies became so disproportionately influential in creating the modern world? 

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Jun 06, 2018